Monthly Archives: May 2016

Local bar association to be honored for outreach project

The Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (SMBA) will be recognized with a Community & Educational Outreach Award from the National Association of Bar Executives and NexisLexis this August during the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. The annual awards honor state and local bars for innovative projects that serve as national models for

Missouri Bar introduces Instagram, Snapchat accounts

In an effort to better communicate with its members and the public, The Missouri Bar is pleased to announce the creation of two new social media accounts. Missouri lawyers can now connect with the bar via Instagram (mobarnews) and Snapchat (mobarnews). At its May 5, 2016, meeting, the Board of Governors approved an updated social

The Missouri Bar Center will close in observance of Memorial Day

The Missouri Bar Center will be closed Monday, May 30, 2016, in observance of Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a national holiday held on the last Monday of May to honor those who have died to protect our country. For more information on the historical meaning of Memorial Day, read our blog post at

Supreme Court of Missouri’s Civic Education Committee seeks competitors for 2016 ‘Constitution Project’

The Supreme Court of Missouri’s Committee on Civic Education is seeking applicants for The Constitution Project, a statewide competition for high school students that will be held during the fall 2016 semester and will culminate with championship rounds in Jefferson City. Winners are named at the team and individual level for each discipline, and the

Missouri’s Non-Partisan Court Plan

Missouri’s method for selecting all appellate judges and some circuit court judges is known as the Missouri Non-Partisan Court Plan. Missouri’s original constitution modeled the federal selection process, with the governor nominating someone for judge and the Missouri Senate either rejecting or confirming the nomination. This changed in the 1850s, when Missourians began electing all

Close of legislative session sends bar-drafted bills to the governor

As the 2016 Missouri legislative session came to a close May 13, several bills drafted and sponsored by The Missouri Bar made it one step closer to becoming law. This year, 10 of the 12 proposals sponsored by The Missouri Bar were approved by the General Assembly. A condensed summary of successful bar-sponsored bills follows.

Missouri Legislature sends bar-drafted, criminal-record-sealing bill to governor

Some previously convicted individuals are one step closer to having their criminal records sealed after completion of a sentence thanks to bar-drafted legislation the Missouri Legislature passed Wednesday. The measure, SB 588, passed the House by a vote of 143-12 and the Senate voted 25-7 in favor, sending the bill to the governor for consideration.

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